A Birthday in Paris

Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Hi everybody!
We're fresh back from a weekend in Paris. It was Melanie's birthday on Monday so we took 4 days and enjoyed a lovely weekend. This time we took the fast train from Amsterdam and arrived in 4 hours. It was SO much better than driving. We could read, sleep, or just watch the world go by.

Once there, we met a watch buddy of Chris' who is also a maker of marionettes. He gave us a short marionette show which had us convinced that these little wooden objects had real personalities. They were wonderful.

At the suggestion of our landlords, we rented a small apartment this time. It was very convenient with a metro stop just outside the door and within walking distance to many sites. We really liked being able to make our own coffee and have cereal and yogurt in the morning. Normally in France we spend the morning searching for coffee and a pastry and end up eating things which are unhealthy and having teeny tiny cups of coffee, so this was a treat.

Some new sites for us this time included Napoleon's tomb and Luxembourg garden. The tomb is interesting - and certainly big! There is a war/army museum in the same complex (and same ticket) which we also found very interesting.

Luxembourg Garden was an unexpected oasis. We went there in order to see a Lalique jewelry exhibit at the Luxembourg Museum. The exhibit was fantastic. We didn't realize that Lalique actually started making jewelry before turning to glass. The designs were incredibly intricate and it was possible to see the beginnings of his interest in glass "sculpting" in many of the jewelry pieces. The garden is also beautiful. It is quite large and has lots of chairs scattered throughout where one can just sit and soak up the sun, have a bite to eat, read, or watch the world go by. The flower beds are beautiful as well. There were lots of runners, kids, and sitters on the sunny day that we walked through.

Of course we ate well, had plenty of French cheese, bread and wine, walked everywhere and made the obligatory visit (actually several visits!) to the Eiffel Tower (which Melanie kept referring to as the Empire State Building or Statue of Liberty for some unknown reason!).

Happy Travels!
Melanie and Chris
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